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Restaurant Claims Printing the N-Word on a Receipt Was a 'Joke'

The restaurant owner claims "no malice was intended."

Marquis Moore was not happy when he saw his receipt.
Marquis Moore was not happy when he saw his receipt.

People really need to stop writing controversial/insulting/racist things on receipts: According to The Patriot News, one Pennsylvania man was shocked when he found the N-word on his receipt instead of his name. Marquis Moore was about to eat an order of wings he had ordered for take-out from Zembie's Sports Tavern in Harrisburg when he noticed that the term "nigga" was printed near the check number.

Moore tells the paper that he is insulted and "will never go back" to the restaurant: "It makes me feel like I'm just low... nigga is an ignorant, disrespectful person. It has nothing to do with your skin color. What would possess you to put something like that on a piece of paper? You don't even know who I am."

The owner of the restaurant, Angelo Karagiannis, claims the incident was just a "misunderstanding,"and that "no malice was intended." (Since when is that word an acceptable joke?) Karagiannis even falls back on the good old "we're can't be racist because we have black customers" excuse: "We have a Redskins fan club and every week there are 12-15 black guys who come in to watch the games. We are not racist at all and serve anyone."

Raw Story notes that the bartender who wrote "nigga" on the receipt told Karagiannis that the loaded word was mean as a "light-hearted joke." Apparently Moore was busy talking to people in the spots bar and piqued the bartender's interest. A friend allegedly showed the bartender Moore's Facebook page where he apparently describes himself as a "sexy nigga." The bartender claims that she wrote down "nigga" on the ticket as a "joke."

Moore, however, hasn't been so accepting of the restaurant's explanation. He believe the bartender "searched the comments on his Facebook page looking for an excuse after she was caught." Plus, he points out, that she should have put "sexy nigga" on the check if it was in reference to the "joke." As for the bartender, she still has her job but has been told avoid identifying people "by using physical characteristics in the future." Check out a local news story below: